Some of their offering include sesame seeds, amaranth, whole quinoa and quinoa flour, hemp, millet, buckwheat, and brown basmati rice just to name a few. The majority of these seeds and grains come from outside Bulgaria, but most of them are organic.
The restaurant is located on Oborishte, near the Doctor’s Garden area, but close to Evlogi Georgev. One of the interesting things that immediately surprised me about the decor is the re-use of wooden pallets. They used them not only as fencing, but also as part of the bar inside. If you follow EGL on Facebook, I have been sharing some interesting ways to use pallets as planters for both vegetables and flowers.
One of the main decorative focal points to Cabra’s interior is the awesome chandelier made by the fabulous shop Zona Urbana (24 Angel Kunchev St). The natural hue of the wood is nicely complimented by the bold colors on the chairs. The restaurant is small but they have loft seating as well.
My friends and I have found products at that we were unable to find anywhere else in Sofia, even at Andy’s Food, which for the longest time was the only option to finding British food products in Bulgaria. Some of their spice offerings, I have been looking for for some time. Even at the Middle Eastern shops, near the Ladies Market (Женски Базар) could I find black cardamon (used in Garam Masala). One of my friends as through the moon about finding real Rice Krispies to bake treats with her children.
The Shah’s are eager to share their native culture and passion for healthy food with customers by giving out free recipes, education people on the uses of different herbs and spices and an overall healthy way of living.
The shop is located in the “Student Town” area of Sofia, a bit past the Vega Hotel. At present, they do not have a sign on the exterior of the shop and the building number is not visible (at least I didn’t see it). Drive slowly and you will see it across the street from a grocery store. Sima has assured me that a sign is coming soon.
The prices are quite reasonable and their selection is expanding as demand grows. This is a wonderful shop for all you Indian and British food needs. I am sure if there is something they don’t offer they will do what they can to accommodate your request.
The shop has small but varied selection of goods, juices, canned goods, herbs, pastas, sweet treats and more.
The decor is relaxed and hip, with plenty of information lining the walls with going ons around Sofia related the the natural and organic scene.
All of your stone ground grain needs will be met and then some with their vast selection. If you have visited their website you can better understand the decisions they make about the numerous nutritional benefits of choosing whole-grain bread and bread product and the stone-ground grain processing methods.
If you feel like enjoying your baked goods in house, they have a nice little sitting area and reading room. It is quite quaint and inviting.
I really enjoyed this little coffee corner. It could probably use with less counter clutter, but I think that is why it appeals to me. It is gives this warm feeling that you are hanging out at a friends house.
These ideas are the zeigist of the company which has been a work in progress for nearly 3 years. Zelena Zemia opened its doors a mere two weeks ago. The shelves have some gaps for new products, but the owners are careful in selecting what they sell. It is a small shop area-wise, so they need to be picky.
A few years ago, I had a hibiscus plant that I purchased at Metro, which after a year became infested with white fly, while I was over-wintering it inside my house. At first, I noticed that the leaves were yellowing and the over health of the plant was declining. I was still in my infancy when it came to growing and caring for plants, so I referred to the internet as my main information resource. There were many options for chemical pesticides, but I was looking for something organic with proven results and that is when I stumbled upon neem oil.
Neem oil is pressed from the fruits and seeds the neem tree, which is an evergreen tree native to India and found through out the tropic regions. Indians have been using it as a natural pesticide but, it is also very important in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
- mealy bug
- beet armyworm
- cabbage worm
- fungus gnats
- moth larvae
- mushroom flies
- leaf miners
- Japanese beetle
Today, I have a bottle of neem spray at the ready. I usually mix up a batch a week and keep it on my radiator, so the liquid is warm and the oil is easier to re-emmulsify. Currently, I have a few plants that have taken ill from their proximity to my Mother in-laws sick plants.
One of them is my avocado, which has started showing activity from mealy bugs. It is still very healthy, but I see buds forming and I don’t want to screw up any chance of it fruiting this year!
I attribute the attack from this Bay Leaf (Дафинов лист) also residing in our winter garden.